SHARING HERITAGE: Preserving Historical Legacy of Pniv Fortress in Ukraine and Ardud Fortress in Romania for Tourism Development

Tourist Association of Ivano-Frankivsk Region is starting the project ‘SHARING HERITAGE: Preserving Historical Legacy of Pniv Fortress in Ukraine and Ardud Fortress in Romania for Tourism Development’ 2SOFT/2.1/169 in partnership with Pasichna Village Council (Ukraine), City Hall of Ardud and Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Satu Mare (Romania). The project is being implemented under the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014-2020 and co-financed by the European Union. The project will last until October 22, 2022; its total budget is 496 811,12 EUR (app 16 643 000,00 UAH); the grant amount is 444 195,10 EUR (app 14 880 536 UAH).

The project focuses on Nadvirna district of Ivano-Frankivsk region of Ukraine and its 16th century national monument – Pniv Fortress, and Satu Mare County in Romania, represented by an important archaeological site – Ardud Fortress, built in 1481, in the Bronze Age. Tourism is an economic development priority for project target regions. The cross-border area is full of undiscovered heritage along with pristine landscapes and warm-hearted people. However, the regions face ongoing challenges of sustaining decent living while preserving their culture and offering competitive tourist products. Tourism is developing disproportionally mainly concentrated around well-developed resort areas. Those existing small tourist service providers outside the popular tourist areas suffer from seasonal visitation and low occupancy rates. In addition, unemployment is particularly high among young people, who leave the status quo and leave, losing touch with the area and belonging to the heritage that should be passed on to the next generation.

Thus, the project general objective is to increase economic and livelihood opportunities of local communities by employing tourism potential of the cross-border cultural heritage thus ensuring its conservation and sustainable use through building on cultural and historical legacy of the Ardud Fortress in the North Western Romania and the Pniv Fortresses in the Western Ukraine.

In order to integrate natural and cultural heritage into the business environment for sustainable development, the project partners will introduce effective management methods in the field of protection of heritage sites of medieval fortresses in Pniv and Ardud and development of tourism based on these heritage sites. Accordingly, the project anticipates the preparation of planning documentation for the heritage interpretation site Pniv Fortress, including a report on georadar research, 3D-model, documentation for planning works on preservation, strengthening and protection of the heritage site, architectural design, landscape design, development and approval of the management plan of the Pniv Fortress, holding of relevant public consultations, etc. Infrastructure activities of the project and measures to organize the safety and preservation of heritage of Pniv and Ardud include, in particular, for the Ardud fortress – the purchase of high-power dehumidifiers to control humidity and provide ventilation, installation of ground lighting in the galleries of the fortress, stone paving and repair of entrance gates; for the Pniv Fortress – installation of information boards / signs and lighting system around the ruins of the fortress.

Based on the experience of European countries, the project team will also develop appropriate design and estimate documentation for the construction of a new Pniv Fortress Heritage Interpretation Center, the potential of which will open new opportunities for nearby communities.

At the same time, improving the condition of the two mentioned fortresses and creating new virtual reality tools for interpreting heritage sites (3D model of the old Ardud Fortress, mobile application / virtual guide around the ruins of Pniv Fortress) will help communities to use local development opportunities more effectively.

The awareness and training campaign will include cross-border international professional workshops, study tours to Ukraine and Romania, training seminars, a joint study tour to Ireland, International festival of medieval culture and International Heritage Partners Forum. In addition, project partners will prepare tourist guides and maps / schemes of fortresses, as well as produce promotional videos about historical sites. Thus, the project activities will realize the market tourism opportunities of cross-border products based on the cultural and historical heritage of Pniv and Ardud fortresses, increase understanding of the importance of sustainable use and preservation of heritage in cross-border communities, and involve partners in sharing experiences and learning.

Contact person – Iryna Novosilska, projects manager, tel. (0342) 542950, e-mail:

This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the Tourist Association of Ivano-Frankivsk Region and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or of the Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014-2020 management structures (

The Joint Operational Programme Romania-Ukraine 2014-2020 is financed by the European Union through the European Neighborhood Instrument and co-financed by the participating countries in the Programme.

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